Welcome to Blackpast

Welcome to BlackPast

BlackPast is dedicated to providing reliable information on the history of Black people across the globe, and especially in North America. Our goal is to promote greater understanding of our common human experience through knowledge of the diversity of the Black experience and the ubiquity of the global Black presence. Welcome to the largest online encyclopedia on African American and Global African history on the Internet.

The 20th Century Freedom Struggle on BlackPast.org

For Black History Month, 2024, BlackPast.org is featuring the Civil Rights Black Power Timeline which shows the significant developments in the Black Freedom Struggle between 1905 and 1975, the dates historians generally agree as the most active period of the movement. The Timeline appears immediately below, and individual images from the era appear below the Timeline. Click on the image, and you will see the entry that describes it. We will continue to post new images throughout the 29 days of Black History Month.


Grant Green (1935-1979)

The Chicago Sit-In (1943)

Royal Ice Cream Sit-In (1957)

The First Black Power Conference (1967)